People exist only if I can see them – I can see who’s in front of me but not anyone who’s
behind me. That’s a big problem when I am walking along the pavement, particularly if it is at ‘school IN’ or ‘school OUT’ time. That’s when there are so many young children, often on little mini-scooters racing ahead of mum who’s pushing a buggy. No one is to know that the person in front of them cannot hear: cannot hear their shouts and chatter, the whirring wheels, mum calling out. For me, they just do not exist, because I cannot see them.
It’s up to me to make life less hazardous for myself and for them too. How? I walk along the pavement on the side by the wall (or the fence, or the building, or whatever), not in the middle and not next to the road. When I’m on the wall side, people can walk or scoot past safely. And I know I can be overtaken on only one side. That’s very important, because it lessens the risk.
Always remember that if you have a problem with your hearing (or with your vision) the most dangerous place to walk is in the middle of the pavement: nobody can get past and you are liable to be overtaken on either side. So walk on the wall side. Simple, really.